Dancing Naked: Narrative Strategies for Writing Across Centuries

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Mercury Press, 1996 - Mennonite women - 168 pages

Dancing Naked is a compilation of Di Brandt’s essays on her past as a Mennonite woman, on language and community, and on poetics. Lyrical, pointed, open, and embracing, Dancing Naked also tells the story of a life lived through the direct confrontation of fear and rigidity, through to a revisioning of community and hope. Di Brandt’s essays have appeared in a variety of books and magazines across the country.

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The Poetics of Adolescent Desire and Lost Love
Narrative Strategies for Writing Across Centuries

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About the author (1996)

Di Brandt was born in Winkler, Manitoba in 1952 and grew up in Reinland, a conservative Mennonite village in Southern Manitoba. She has earned degrees from the University of Manitoba and the University of Toronto. She has taught creative writing and English at the University of Winnipeg and is a former poetry editor of the journals Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, and HERizons. Brandt was awarded the Gerald H. Lampert award for Questions I Asked My Mother in 1987 and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award for Agnes in the Sky in 1991. She has also been nominated for the Governor General's Award for Poetry and the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.

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